NCCR Iconic Criticism

2005 series

Home institution: University of Basel

The work of the National Centre of Competence in Research (NCCR) "Iconic Criticism – The Power and Meaning of Images" is situated against the backdrop of the digital revolution that has created a new image-based society.

Images are used more today than ever before as a means of universal communication and vehicle for imparting knowledge. The knowledge society has also become an image-based one. However comprehension of the particularities, functions, power and impact of images has failed to stay abreast of this development. The NCCR "Iconic Criticism" (also called eikones) gives images the attention they deserve. Its key questions are: How do images create meaning – in science, daily life and art? What influences images and how, in turn, do images influence us? And where does the specific power of images lie?

Further information on the NCCR:

  • Contact

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    ​NCCR Management

    NCCR Director

    Prof. Ralph Ubl
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    Rheinsprung 11
    4051 Basel
    Phone +41 (0) 61 267 18 10
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    Management / Coordination

    Dr. Malika Maskarinec
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    Rheinsprung 11
    4051 Basel
    Phone +41 (0) 61 267 18 03
    malika.maskarinec@unibas.chExternal Link Icon

  • Funding

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    ​NCCRs are financed through grants awarded by the SNSF, but also from other sources. The home institution involved in the NCCR also contributes a substantial amount of money. The available overall budget of the NCCR is further increased by monetary contributions from the project participants and third-party funds, which are generally invested by industrial companies.

    The SNSF is financing the NCCR Iconic Criticism in its third funding period, i.e. over the maximum permissible running time of twelve years.

    Financing 2005 – 2017 (Swiss Francs)

    Funding source




    SNSF grant




    Funds of Basel University




    Group funds of the project participants




    External funds








  • Evaluation / Review Panel

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    ​For each NCCR, the SNSF appoints a Review Panel composed of renowned experts whose task it is to evaluate scientific quality and the progress made in NCCR projects. The Review Panel of the NCCR Iconic Criticism consists of the following experts:

    Contact person at the SNSF

    Dr. Stefan Bachmann
    NCCR Team
    Swiss National Science Foundation
    Wildhainweg 3
    3001 Bern
    Phone +41 (0) 31 308 23 49
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  • Research structures

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    National Centres of Competence in Research leave their mark on the research landscape well beyond the SNSF funding period. They help to define key topics and sustainably change Swiss research structures. Thus NCCRs can lead to the creation of new professorships and courses of study as well as new infrastructures or platforms at the universities involved.

    NCCRs operate as a network in which a large number of scientific partners are active. Working within these networks has borne fruit in the form of new research approaches and excellent scientific contributions.

    Structures created by this NCCR until now:

  • Contributions to society and the economy

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    ​The National Centres of Competence in Research not only engage in cutting-edge research, they also play an important role in transferring knowledge and new technologies to the economy and to society at large. They lead to the formation of start-ups, and the new insights have the potential to awaken the interest of politicians, globally active companies and the public at large.

    ​Communication and knowledge transfer of the NCCR Iconic Criticism

  • Promotion of academic careers and equal opportunities

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    ​The National Centres of Competence in Research consciously promote promising young researchers and are committed to equal opportunities for men and women in research.

    Measures taken by the NCCR Iconic Criticism to promote young researchers and gender equality.